Food security: Kebbi procures N405m fertilizer for 2020 wet season farming

Kebbi State has procured fertilizers worth N405 million for the 2020 wet season farming, according to the Chairman, Sales and Distribution of fertilizers verification committee, Alhaji Abubakar Bello.

Disclosing this Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi, when he presented the report of the committee to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, represented by the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Suleiman Argungu, the Chairman said, out of the fertilizers, 81,000 bags were delivered to the 15 depots across the state, while the balance of 13,900 bags were yet to be delivered by the contractor.

He further said that, one quarter of the commodity was allocated to the local governments for onward distribution to the farmers.

In the same vein, the balance of 61,600 bags were sold to the farmers by KASCOM, through open sales.

“N 97.5 million worth of fertilizers were delivered to the local governments,while N380 million worth of the commodity was sold to the farmers by KASCOM.

“As at now, N 156.84 million had been remitted to the KASCOM account, while N161.16 million was still hanging with the various depots.”

Bagudu commended the committee for discharging the assignment assiduously, within thirteen days.

Bagudu pledged to restrategize, to ensure that the commodity reaches all the targeted genuine farmers.

This, the governor noted, was to make up for some of the observed lapses during the distribution of the commodity .

While assuring that government would look at the report critically, however warned that government would not take it kindly with anybody who have sold the commodity without following due process or without remitting the money back to government coffers.

It will be recalled that the committee was set up by Kebbi State Government two weeks ago to verify sales and distribution of assorted fertiliser to farmers in the state.

Members of the committee include Alhaji Abubakar Bello, Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Bello Bunza, Alaramma Atiku Warra, Alhaji Musa Muhammed Argungu.

Others are Alhaji Danladi Jandutsi, Alhaji Muhamed Zaure Sakaba and Barrister Abubakar Zaki Lonzon as the Secretary of the committee.